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Legislator wants to stop highway enhancements

Says taxpayers shouldn't pay for decorative changes to construction plan


A state legislator from the Fox Valley says taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for decorative enhancements on highway construction projects.

Wrought iron railings, stone work and landscaping are all part of the $1.5 billion Highway 41 reconstruction project in Brown and Winnebago counties.

Rep. Jim Steineke, of Kaukauna, says if local municipalities want the decorative enhancements, they should pay for them. And he says that could save millions of dollars a year.

WLUK-TV says the state Department of Transportation is spending $21 million on aesthetic improvements for the Highway 41 reconstruction, a small percentage of the overall project.

Steineke has introduced legislation that takes the spending authority out of the hands of the DOT.

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